Anthem Patch 1.0.4 Adds NVIDIA DLSS and Highlights Support

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2019 - 10:48 AM |
Tagged: update, rtx, ray tracing, patch 1.0.4, patch, nvidia, geforce, ea, DLSS, BioWare, anthem

Patch 1.0.4 for Anthem was released by BioWare/EA today which addresses a number of issues and adds features including two specific to GeForce graphics card users, namely DLSS and NVIDIA Highlights support.

anthem-geforce-rtx-screenshot.jpg

The DLSS (deep learning super-sampling) feature is exclusive to RTX 20-series GPUs, providing performance gains of up to 40% with real-time ray tracing enabled according to NVIDIA, who provides this video of DLSS off vs. on in the game (embedded below):

NVIDIA offers this chart showing performance gains with the range of RTX cards with DLSS enabled:

anthem-nvidia-dlss-4k-performance.png

NVIDIA Highlights support is available to users of GeForce Experience, and this feature allows the automatic capture of gameplay clips and screenshots in certain situations. BioWare/EA lists the supported scenarios for the feature:

  • Visiting and viewing overlooks
  • Defeating certain large creatures
  • Performing multi-kills
  • Defeating legendary creatures
  • Discovering the Tombs of the Legionnaires
  • Performing combos
  • When the player is downed by enemies
  • Defeating bosses

anthem-nvidia-highlights.png

The full Patch 1.0.4 release notes can be viewed here, and more information from NVIDIA about the new GeForce features for Anthem are available here.

Source: NVIDIA

OK, we exeucted Order 66 ... now what?

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2019 - 03:23 PM |
Tagged: Respawn Entertainment, ea, Star Wars, Jedi: Fallen Order, gaming

On April 13th the true power of the Fallen Order shall be demonstrated, as EA and Respawn Entertainment will reveal a demonstration of the new Star Wars game at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Chicago.  Along with the new game, there will also be an announcement involving Star Wars: The Old Republic, for those who are still playing that game. 

We don't know much about the new game, and with the developer of Titanfall and Apex Legends involved it could be just about anything.  You can see the official announcement of the pending announcement over at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.

starwars1313-920x584.jpg

"If you’ve been off in a galaxy far, far away, Fallen Order is set shortly after the prequel trilogy, and tells the story of a young Padawan who somehow survived Order 66, the backstabbilicious Jedi purge carried out by the Emperor’s loyal clone army."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

 

February 12th Update for Battlefield V Adds DLSS

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2019 - 02:53 PM |
Tagged: pc gaming, battlefield V, ea, dice, nvidia, DLSS, dxr

The Battlefield V Tides of War Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes Update #3 patch, beyond sounding like a Final Fantasy title, has quite a few major improvements. The headlining feature is improved RTX support, which we will discuss shortly, but fans of the game may appreciate the other bullet points, too.

ea-2019-bfv.jpg

But first, because we are a computer hardware site, the RTX stuff. DLSS, which was recently added to 3DMark and greatly improved the image quality, has been added to Battlefield V. This setting uses machine learning to produce a best guess at antialiasing, versus calculating it with a direct algorithm (such as with TXAA or FXAA). Now that MSAA is somewhat uncommon, because it is incompatible with certain rendering processes, we’re stuck with either antialiasing via post-process or super-sampling. Super-sampling is expensive, so it’s usually either FXAA, which tries to find edges and softens them, or TXAA, which gives neighboring frames different sub-pixel positions and blends them. Both cases have issues. TXAA is considered the “higher end” option, although it gets ugly when objects move, especially quickly and visibly smooth. Because DLSS is basically a shortcut to provide something that looks like super-sampling, it should avoid many of these issues.

DXR raytracing performance was also improved.

Okay, now the tech enthusiasts can stop reading – it’s time for the fans.

Vaultable object detection is said to have a major improvement with this release. DICE acknowledges that Battlefield V movement wasn’t as smooth as it should be. There were a lot of waist-high barriers that players can get stuck behind, which the vaulting system should propel them over. It should be much easier to move around the map after this update, which is good for people like me who like to sneak around and flank.

DICE has also discussed several netcode changes, such as adding more damage updates per packet and fixing some issues where damage should be ignored, or healing should occur but would be ignored, and so forth. Basically, all of the netcode improvements were related to health or damage in some way, which is a good area to focus on.

Also, the Rush game mode, introduced in the Battlefield Bad Company sub-franchise, will return on March 7th "for a limited time"... whatever they mean by that.

The update should be available now.

Source: EA / DICE

A new Star Wars game? No not that one, the other one ...

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2019 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged: Star Wars, Respawn, Jedi: Fallen Order, gaming, ea

There is a possibility that Jedi: Fallen Order will actually arrive this year, according to EA's Q3 2019 earnings announcement.  This is not the one code-named RagTag which Visceral was working on until they were eviscerated, (or that other one) as it is still looking for a long term relationship with another developer.  We know very little about Fallen Order and EA remained very tight lipped when Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN inquired for more details

EA also confirmed that there will be a new Need For Speed as well as another Plants vs. Zombies, but the future of Titanfall is still a mystery to all. 

starwars1313.jpg

"EA chief operating officer Blake Jorgensen muttered in yesterday’s numberblast that they are looking forward to delivering Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in the autumn, “new Plants vs. Zombies and Need for Speed titles”, and supporting Titanfall’s new free-to-play battle royale spin-off Apex Legends ..."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

 

War never changes? It is an EA-scalating problem!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | January 24, 2019 - 01:19 PM |
Tagged: ea, dice, battlefield V, rant, editorial, gaming

At some point EA and DICE will cross another even more absurd line than they already have, but it is hard to figure out how.  They are scratching their heads about why sales of Battlefield V have been so abysmal, and come up with bizarre scenarios such as a lack of realism or that there was a female on the cover art.   There are of course other explanations for the poor performance, and somehow they have decided to continue emptying a Luger into their foot.

Today they have found yet another reason to convince people not to buy the game, on top of so many other reasons; they've rescinded their promise to include the Rental Server Program that was included on each and every other one of their recent BF releases.  This is, of course, after they went after customers who had the temerity to keep older BF games alive on their own servers after Gamespy went off to silicon heaven. 

That is just the most recent of their blunderful performances, which include such highlights as rebranding loot boxes as booster packs and once again delving into microtransactions.  We won't even mention that the killer app of the engine is still slowly being implemented and that you need to buy a $1000 piece of hardware just to have the opportunity to see the work in progress; assuming your eyes are good enough to spot it. 

One hoped the declining sales figures might have a positive impact on EA and DICE's treatment of their customers but for now it seems they are just doubling down on being ...

Stop_Hitting_Yourself.png

"Battlefield V developer DICE now says it's not sure whether it will be able to "deliver" the series' traditional Rental Server Program (RSP) for the latest game in the franchise."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: Ars Technica

Play the other Battlefield for cheap

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2018 - 01:56 PM |
Tagged: ea, battlefield, battlefield 1, battlefield 4, origin

If you didn't pick up BF1 when it was released or during a sale, or you still lack some or all of the DLC then you should consider picking it up this week.   The DLC, as in all of them, are currently free over on Origin and the base game is selling for $5 US.  You could pick up the the Premier Edition for about $12 US if you are one of those who like to support the existence of loot boxes; which are supposedly not in the new Battlefield.

While you are there you can also grab the entire list of DLC for BF4 for free as well, though the base game will set you back $20 if you do not have it.  Visit Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN for direct links or just head to Origin.

590b27175bafe324f0665b43.jpg

"Battlefield 5‘s open beta is over, but the battle for objective points is eternal. As promised last week, EA have made the DLC Premium Pass for Battlefield 1 free today and for the next week."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

 

EA didn't announce a Battlefield game nor speak of post-launch monetisation

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2018 - 02:15 PM |
Tagged: ea, battlefield, lootboxes, dice

EA mentioned a new Battlefield game in passing, during a presentation in which they described how delaying BioWare's Anthem to early 2019 is not a delay.  To make things even more unclear they replied to a question about lootboxes by describing "a need to tailor monetisation and content additions to each game" and not wanting to "bifurcate the community". That second comment seems to refer to the paid expansion DLC which EA has historically released for Battlefield games and implies we may not see that model used in this mysterious new, totally not announced, game.  Pop by Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN for more prognostication.

EA-Logo.png

"Will it be set in the past, near-past, present, near-future, or future? Battlefield 5? Bad Company 3? Hardline 2? 1944? 2143? Hut hut! It’s all a big mystery for now. Assuming EA follow their traditional Battlefield behaviour, they’ll likely formally announce the game in May or June then release it in mid-to-late October."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

 

What could possibly go wrong? Microsoft may be looking to buy EA, Valve and PUBG

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2018 - 02:12 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, ea, valve, pubg, rumour, xbox

This one needs more than a few grains of salt but it is possible the Microsoft store might be looking at a significant expansion.  Phil Spencer, once head of XBone and now Executive Vice President of Gaming is taking his role seriously and may be looking to grow Microsoft's presence in gaming.  The company certainly has enough money to purchase all three companies, and in the case of EA they may actually improve the usefulness of Origin.  Valve on the other hand has already mastered the art of online game distribution, unless Microsoft is willing to go with something 'not invented here' that Steam library of yours may be in some peril.  This is pure rumour but that doesn't mean you can't fan the flames at The Inquirer, Polygon or below.

FIMPM06FBVHDX7J.LARGE_.jpg

"SOMEONE HAS GIVEN the rumour mill an almighty kick as it's been suggested that Microsoft is considering buying-up game publishing behemoths EA and Steam, along with PUBG Corp."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: The Inquirer

Plants vs Zombies: Game of the Year Is On the House

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2017 - 04:22 PM |
Tagged: pc gaming, origin, ea, popcap

Plants vs Zombies is now available “On the House” through Origin. This means that it’s free, forever, if you claim it onto your account while it’s still active. Think of it as a timed, 100%-off sale.

ea-2016-origin-on-the-house-logo.png

Plants vs Zombies is one of those games that was released more recently than I remembered. It apparently launched just before I went to teacher’s college. The game was re-released in 2015 as “Plants vs Zombies: Game of the Year Edition” with a little irony, being five years after the year that it would have been game of the year for.

The gameplay is simple, but cute. It’s a multi-lane tower defense where zombies try to eat you brains. You plant defenses to stop them. Each plant has its own power. The plot advances, and you get harder and harder zombies, different terrain, and so forth. Again, it’s a multi-lane tower defense game.

As an aside, am I the only one who thinks they missed an opportunity by not adding a daisy called “DayZee”?

Source: Origin

Podcast #476 - Scythe Coolers, Huawei MateBook E, EA for better or worse, and more!

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2017 - 01:41 PM |
Tagged: video, youtube, wolfenstein, vesa, scythe, phanteks, nvidia shield, nvidia, NVDIMM, micron, matebook, Huawei, fsp, ea, podcast

PC Perspective Podcast #476 - 11/16/17

Join us for discussion on Intel with AMD graphics, Raja's move to Intel, and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Josh Walrath, Jeremy Hellstrom, Allyn Malventano

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg, Ken Addison

Program length: 1:44:19

Podcast topics of discussion:
  1. Week in Review:
    1. 0:06:15 Podcast 475 Recap
  2. 0:37:30 AD BREAK HelloFresh
  3. News items of interest:
  4. Hardware/Software Picks of the Week
  5. Closing/outro

Source: